Caffeinated in the Czech Republic

January 27, 2015 § 1 Comment

IMG_7915.JPGWhen I asked my friend Kendall what her favorite thing about living in Prague was, she paused, then replied, “just the café culture. Being able to sit and write and read.” I nodded because that’s the best part about living in general.

Here’s a short list of the café’s I like/loved in the Golden City.

Café Savoy

This is famous and popular café is visited for all the right reasons. It’s gorgeous and feels time-warped the way some European cafes just do. We walked here for dessert (traditional Czech cheesecake made with plums and poppy seeds!) and late-night coffee and it was a perfect escape from the cold. Taste of Prague threw this café some good words and Buzzfeed included Café Savoy in its list 25 Bakeries Around The World You Have to See Before You Die. They described it as, “stepping into old Europe.” Couldn’t agree more. I regret not trying breakfast. Regret it so bad.

 I Need Coffee

This modern coffee shop isn’t far from the river and is super charming. It’s a good workspace free from Wi-Fi and distraction. Unless you get distracted by beautifully curated shops selling local products and publications. In that case, come quick and bring a tote bag. I wrote postcards and looked out the window on a foggy, rainy Saturday morning. My favorite Devendra Banhart song (“Little Boys”) was playing when I walked through the door.  Felt like any modern coffee shop in the U.S. but quieter. Effortless-er. Better.

Café Louvre

The café has been serving since 1902 and its customers have been Czech (among other European) writers, philosophers, and thinkers. I would have liked it for the pink walls and ginger tea, but knowing this made it pretty extra-special. Also, sitting across another poet-friend adds to the magic. Writers in cafés where other writers frequented is euphoric. Felt this way in Lisbon. In London. In cities where the pen meets paper and things just change.

+ they have a daily menu that changes and affordable Czech specialties. Bonus.

EMA Espresso Bar

Another modern coffee shop- this one is much bigger than I Need Coffee but equally delightful. It has the perfect seating arrangements for meeting others or working solo. Lots of seating means a lot to look at (people watching, pendant lamps, beautiful beverages). I was happy when I arrived and then I was happier.

Le Caveau

This café wasn’t overly modern or historically preserved.  Just cozy, quant, and located in the Vinohrady area. A lot of cafes in Prague resemble Parisian cafes, and this one certainly emulates the French because it is also a wine bar (and theres nothing wrong with that!!!). It’s right near Jiriho Z Podehbrad Square & metro station. There are streets to explore and green space without selfie-sticks obstructing the sky. We ordered a cappuccino and macchiato. Conversations happened around us. Lunch looked delicious. I put my bag on a piano that I assume is sometimes played.

Since I wasn’t able to explore all the shops I wanted to, here’s an extensive list (and another…and another) by those who are privileged to know Prague better. And of course, if any Czechs ever make it to Raleigh, NC…. I’ll help you out. I’m currently writing from BREW Coffee Bar. There is a beer tap next to the espresso machine so I know I’m back in the Carolinas.

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